Photo: Adam King in London, South East

Adam King


A collaged explosion of consumerist catalogue cut outs and nature, skulls and rib cages in brightly coloured vinyl bursts across paper in swirling abundance. Drawings of skyscrapers pose in wigs and jackets in an urban vista shot through with allusion to celebration and decay. A recycled life-style magazine becomes raw material for an autumnal pastoral where cars fail to navigate safely whilst images of fashion models become rocks and dunes in a post-apocalyptic seascape imbued with vibrant colour.

King’s narrative collages and mixed media works on paper cast a beady eye over the contemporary landscape. He proposes fantasy scenarios explored within imaginary yet familiar pastoral and urban environments. Opulent panoramas of spatial complexity dissolve in  kaleidoscopes of drawings and appropriated imagery. King makes with a lively handling of materials and colour. The resulting fractured surfaces suggest states of celebration and decay. King samples a wide range of influences from cinema, literature and art history. He riffs on the cultural associations of materials e.g. watercolour and pastoral, spray paint and urban to re-fashion forms with an alternative sensibility and evoke a subversive edge.

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Location London, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Project, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Text
Tags collage, drawing, narrative, fantasy, installation, appropriation, process, urban, landscape, making